MA Directing

MA Directing

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

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KEY FACTS

MA Directing

  • One-year full-time postgraduate course
  • For students looking to secure a job as a director in entrepreneurial or professional capacities
  • Highly practical course with an opportunity to do up to seven directing exercises, including a short form project for an external industry client and a final Master’s project
  • Our recent graduates have won multiple awards at festivals including London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and The East End Film Festival

 


WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skillset to work across all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you real-life experience with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world.

  • Practical. 70% of the curriculum is practical, hands-on experience. You will have an opportunity to work with professional actors, shoot on location and participate in moving camera exercises
  • Teamwork. Work collaboratively with students on other MA courses (Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing etc.) as a creative crew to mirror the industry practice. Experience what it takes to deliver the project from start to finish, and develop your communication, negotiation, and project management skills
  • Real-life experience. Learn the importance of working to a creative brief as a director while doing a project for an external company. Our students have worked with companies like Mad Dog Casting, The Imaginarium, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and many others
  • Industry-facing. Learn from the best industry professionals, including Cinematographers, Casting Directors, Location Managers and Production Designers. Our recent guest speakers include Oscar-winning directors: James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) and Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

  • Screen Lab. You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module, you will shoot a mini filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.
  • Directing Boot Camp. You will study key creative and technical skills that anchor the director’s craft and provide the foundation for more advanced techniques. Through seminars, workshops, and practical exercises you will investigate the fundamentals of dramaturgy and narrative construction, mise-en-scène, visual storytelling and directing actors.
  • The Actor and the Story. Through seminars, workshops and a series of practical exercises with professional actors, you will explore the symbiotic relationship between the writer’s intention, the director’s interpretation and the actor’s instinct to learn how to elicit engaging and truthful performances.
  • Director’s Craft and Creative Collaboration. You will learn the importance of the collaborative relationship between directors and key Heads of Departments, including the Cinematographer, 1st AD, Producer, Editor, Casting Director and Production Designer. During this module, you will have the opportunity to direct projects for external companies.
  • Advanced Visual Storytelling. You will have the opportunity to experiment with an intermediate project of your choice as a testing ground for your final Master’s project. In addition, you will participate in the moving camera exercise, where you will work alongside fellow students on location with professional actors.
  • Research and Project Methods. You will explore key academic concepts and theories that establish the link between research and your creative practice, enabling you to improve the quality of your work.
  • Master’s Project. It is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development of a final filmed project directed by you.

Dates & Prices

  • 12 MAR 2018 — 11 APR 2019
  • 8 OCT 2018 — 7 NOV 2019
  • Price

    £17,500

    Course fees include:

    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    How to Apply:

    We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible. We are accepting applications for all future intakes listed.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:

    To apply for the MA in Filmmaking you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding:

    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    UK residents might be eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) up to £10,000. Contact our admissions team to find out more.

  • Price

    £18,000

    Course fees include:

    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    How to Apply:

    We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible. We are accepting applications for all future intakes listed.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:

    To apply for the MA in Filmmaking you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding:

    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    UK residents might be eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) up to £10,000. Contact our admissions team to find out more.


TUTORS

Simon Shore, Programme Leader MA Directing

Simon Shore is a BAFTA-winning screen professional with 25 years of experience in film, television and education. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and directed television dramas and documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Read more.


CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at Met Film School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetGo team (student and graduate support) helps our talented and bright graduates to secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

Our graduates work in the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and as other screen professionals.  These are just some of the companies they’ve gone on to work for:

 

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STUDENT WORK

We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects will give you an idea of what you should be able to produce by the end of the programme. To see more student works check out our Met Film School Blog.


Graduate Stories

WHY MET FILM SCHOOL?

  • Famous facilities in Ealing Studios. Our students in London receive access to our modern premises and facilities within the famous Ealing Studios. High-profile productions made on-site include Downton Abbey, Nowhere Boy, My Week with Marilyn, Prince of Persia, The Iron Lady, Star Wars: Episode Two, and Victor Frankenstein. Learn more
  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more.
  • Leading the industry.  As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses

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